Today, I shall take you into a new trip we will go to have a walk in one of my favorite parks. This park is actually the biggest park in Bucharest. has around 200 ha and the lake that’s on the park has 13 ha. I like this park as it looks a bit wild and also near another my favorite place, Bellu cemetery.
So grab my hand and have let’s have a walk, as we walk I will tell you a bit about the history of this place. We shall start with more let’s say older times.
On this area sometime ago used to be a small village and also as in any village a church. All was fine until one night when the earth started to shake and church started to go under the earth as the area was already a bit marsh. The legends say’s that instead of the church there was a little pound where you could still see the tower of the church. Some say’s that at nights you could hear voices whispering from the church. So if you hear something whispering than you know that maybe the church voices or maybe some inhabitants from the cemetery that as I told you is near by. We will soon pass by, even if the fence is big you can still have glimpse inside the cemetery..
Now let’s get back to our history walk, so another interesting story is that under this park are tunnels that go until Ash Crematory, they probably were used by the local rich people long ago when they had problems.Some even say’s that the Crematory was built to actually hide this tunnels..
So as you can see this park has some interesting things not just a beautiful view, even more beautiful now in autumn.
Do you imagine that this place which was called also Cocioc because of the swamp and the lake, was at some point a garbage hole? Well it was somewhere around 1930 when this became a local garbage hole how the press at that time was writing. It was full of garbage, but as always someone else garbage can be the treasure for others. It seems that people that were in need of money would come and grab some of the many bones that you could find here, as also animals were threw here, and make a kind of powder that was used somehow to make the sugar white( I don’t want to imagine that process or probably I won’t use no more sugar even I guess nobody uses that anymore…) Others came here to pick books that were threw here by relatives of people that died of tuberculosis, this people would get books and sell them to antique shops( sometimes I do wonder between how many hands a book got over the time, I guess many books would have interesting stories to tell, not just the ones that are wrote in them).
There were also people who would use the garbage hole to feed their pigs, or other animals. Others would pick dead animals and skin them to use the skin..
Well if you couldn’t imagine this place as a garbage hole than maybe you can imagine something else. After around 3 years they clean the place and make it a ski resort, they had ski for the beginners, another group was for professionals ski, and another one for sled. Later was planned to become a park, a green space.
Things didn’t go that way as because of the war the land was given in to concession to a company for 25 years as a garbage hole, so back to that.
After 25 years the idea of a green area, park surfaced again so in 1965 it was decided that this are would become a park. it took several years until the park was all done it was finished in 1974, The land needed to be also remodeled so the lake can look better as in some parts was to up the land, the difference of altitude was around 16 m. The architect that made the park to look good was Valentin Donose.
Now as you can see the park looks quite nice, has also the beautiful lake where you can see small islands were you can admire the birds that are on the lake, or just lay on a older tree enjoying the nature. If you like climbing a bit we can choose the stairs or on land to go uphill and see all from above. We can also go bit further and if you feel a bit like a kid we can go to the other part of the park that is called The kids town, where you can enjoy all kind of let’s say big toys as in any amusement parks. Or we could just get lost on the wildest part of the park where is more green and less people if you want more quietness. Or just have a walk on the bridge and look to see if you can spot any fishes or maybe if we get lucky we can see a tortoise. If we go on the bridge after we can go near the events house where you can attend music concerts or any other kind of events. We can also go climbing and not just on the hills or stairs there also some climbing things in the park where you can actually climb but we have to be careful or we might fall.
After I took everywhere or almost everywhere in the park and told you some of the stories from the park I hope you enjoyed them and the walk !